“ The other day I was watching a YouTube video of a performance of some old Hindi film songs by a couple of up and coming singers (youngsters who had done well on Indian Idol, I assume). They sang well, hit all the right notes, and the accompanying music also sounded okay, but I felt... continue reading.
“ From the silly “C- A-T Cat, Cat Maane Billi” to the pathos filled “Badi Sooni Sooni Hai” the legendary Kishore Kumar is well known for the versatility of his songs. Although he sang his first song “Marne ki duayen kyon mangu” in 1949, Kishore Kumar gained immense popularity only in the late sixties. This... continue reading.
“ Webster Definition: The formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to. Obviously in our Hindi Film Songs, we don’t use words like buzz and murmur. But our Hindi songs are replete with Chhan-Chhan, Chham-Chham, Chhun-Chhun, Dhak-Dhak, Ha-Ha etc…. that would... continue reading.
“ Remember Mere Mehboob Tujhe, Meri Mohabbat Ki Qasam (Mere Mehboob) dipped in sheer melody and sung beautifully by Mohd Rafi? Do you also remember the exact same song in Lata Mangeshkar’s voice? This is an example of Tandem Tune where the same song is sung by two different singers – usually one version of the song is sung by the male lead and another one by the... continue reading.
“ There was a time when actors sang their own songs that were mostly composed by them. Then came the clear segregation between singers and music directors. This was followed by Sangeetkaar-jodis … Husanlal-Bhagatram, Shankar-Jaikishan to name a few. In the recent times, there has been a major trend of multiple music directors composing for a single movie – each one... continue reading.
“ The mesmerizing, melodious voice with impeccable tone and timbre. Pitch perfect control. The playful, soulful caressing of the lyrics. The subtle modulations and variations. Yes, these are qualities that make Rafi’s romantic songs such a wonderful, fulfilling listening experience, and truly we are blessed that he left us with so many. A lot has been said and written about Rafi’s classical music grounding, his versatility and range... continue reading.
“ When I think of the 80’s Hindi Film Music, what comes to my mind is Sridevi-Jeetendra dancing around the ten thousand matkas, music by Bhappi Lahiri, production by Padmalaya, some cheap lyrics and several raucous Kishore-Asha duets. Was that really what our 80’s music was all about? I would say YES – for the... continue reading.
“ Scale (music) (Italian scala, ladder), the arrangement, by rising or falling pitch sequence, of the tones used in a musical system. ? ?Ever wondered why a song suddenly started sounding a little “different” suddenly in the midst of it? The tune is the same, the singers are the same … but something surely happened! The “phenomenon”... continue reading.
“ Those are the opening words of a song sung by Manna Dey from the film Bawarchi (1972), a question that now hangs heavy in the hearts of all Manna Da’s fans. The morning of 24th October 2013 brought with it the news of the passing of Prabodh Chandra Dey. Popularly known as Manna Dey... continue reading.
“ I suppose it should come as no surprise that not all well-known songs from Hindi Film Music were composed by well-known composers. Composers whose names roll off of every one’s tongues – Shankar Jaikishen, R. D. and S. D. Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Anu Malik, Pritam, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and others. But the other day, I built... continue reading.